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Close up of a grinch cookie garnished with a red heart sprinkle.

Grinch Cookies

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Grinch cookies are an adorable holiday cookie recipe inspired by the classic Dr. Seuss character. These are soft-baked green sugar cookies flavored with peppermint, garnished with a heart that’s two sizes too small!


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 1½ cups (285g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • 3 1/2 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Additional 1/2 cup granulated sugar for finishing
  • Electric Green Gel Color
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and green gel coloring. Mix until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients. Slowly add into the dough and beat on medium-low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  5. Use a large cookie scoop and portion the dough. Roll each ball of dough in granulated sugar and then place each one about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 12-15 minutes. Immediately when pulled from the oven, place a heart-shaped sprinkle on top.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Different extracts: In place of peppermint extract, use all vanilla extract or try almond extract.
  • For a little thicker/puffier cookie, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and the cookies.
  • A tip for the sprinkles. These do fall off if they are not properly stuck to the cookie. Consider using a drop of melted chocolate on the back of the sprinkles to help them attach to the cookie. In this case, wait until the cookie is cooled.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 15.1 g
  • Sodium: 98.6 mg
  • Fat: 9.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 43 mg